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25
Aug
14

Found New Roads

108 days, 11,160 miles (17,960 Kilometers), 16 states, 10 National Parks, dozens of national forests and countless mountain passes.

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02
Jun
14

Chaco Canyon: South Mesa

I enjoyed hiking in Chaco Culture National Historic Park.  I went every day there, except the first day and the last.  The first day I didn’t go because I set up my camp.  The last day I didn’t go because it was very hot outside.  The South Mesa trail begins at Casa Rincanoda with a gently rising path zigzagging up the side of the cliff.

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Hiking the South Mesa is generally easy except for two obstacles.  One is the constant sunshine.  There is no shade in Chaco Canyon, so the sun constantly shines on you.  The second obstacle is on the trail.  When you’ve finished zigzagging your way up the side of the cliff for about 200 feet or 70 meters, you’ll have to work your way through this crack in the canyon wall.

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Passing through this crack takes you through the last thirty feet to top of the canyon wall.

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The view from on top is rewarding and worth the extra effort to get on top of the canyon.  There are the ruins to see.

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And the impressive views of the desert.

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There are also distant views of other ruins such as Pablo Alto on the North Mesa.

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Hiking inside Chaco National Historic Park is challenging and enjoyable, but be prepared for distant hikes of five to eight miles (eight to twelve kilometers) in constant sunshine which makes the hiking dangerous.  Bring water and prepare yourself for the heat from constant sunshine.

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The ruins of Tsin Kletsin on top of the South Mesa are interesting but offer a historian no answers.  However, they do add to a growing collection of photographs and continue to add to my question about what happened to these people and the people of Cahokia.  The Chaco culture flourished from about 650 AD to about 1300 AD.  The Mississippian culture of Cahokia flourished from about 700 AD to about 1300 AD.  Both of these cultures flourished in two very different environments at roughly the same time and both of these cultures broke down at the same time.

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30
Apr
14

Beginning

I’ve spent the past two weeks moving out of my apartment.  I just made a simple post to Facebook, where some people actually know me.  Some of my friends have been questioning me since the end of the job, mostly asking where I am.  Still here, has been the standard response.  My post to Facebook today changed that with one word.

Gone. 

08
Jun
13

First Year Red-winged Blackbird

I’ve been noticing Red-winged Blackbirds that aren’t completely black and the red-winged part isn’t as bright.  After some research I’ve reached the conclusion these are Red-winged Blackbirds in their first year of adulthood.

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05
Jun
13

Eagle Season

This time of year, May through early July, Eagles stay near their nests to care for their Eaglets.  It makes it somewhat easier to get photos of them.  This year, however, getting a good shot or even an opportunity at a good shot has proven illusive.  With the workweek winding down and the weather looking better this weekend than the past several weekends, hopefully that illusive shot will present itself.

It isn’t for lack of trying or from not being where they are that I haven’t been getting shots.  In the shot below an Eagle and an Osprey can be seen working the same patch of lake, but on the other side of the lake from where I was.

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That same Eagle then flew across the lake toward its nest, but took the long way, avoiding the spot where I hid.

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Not that I’m complaining, because I very much appreciate living in an area of the world where I can see these birds, I’m just trying to impress upon you, my dear followers, that by early July the Eaglets will fledge and then it will be more difficult to get photos of Eagles.

01
May
13

The Countdown

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